Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser Tattoo Removal - Over the last several decades, tattoos have become increasingly popular for people of all ages. While a tattoo may have suited you at first, you may regret what you have done. Thankfully, our laser tattoo removal @ The Art of Aesthetics can safely fade and get rid of unwanted tattoos with a series of rapid treatments - restoring your skin with no to minimum unsightly scarring.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work? Laser tattoo removal is performed by targeting the pigment in your skin with a scientifically advanced laser that breaks up the pigment into tiny fragments. These fragments are then naturally absorbed and metabolized by your body, removing the coloration from your skin, making the procedure both safe and effective.
Laser tattoo removal usually requires several treatments to fully remove a tattoo, with the number of treatments varying based on the depth, thickness, and color of your tattoo, as erll as the individual quality of your skin. Entirely removing a tattoo may require as few as three treatments, or as many as seven or eight, with each treatment resulting in your tattoo becoming progressively lighter.
Give your skin a new beginning by removing that old tattoo!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does laser tattoo remove work on all skin types?
While removal does work for individuals with any skin type, those with lighter skin will most likely see quicker results. Laser light is able to remove ink from your skin because it is attracted to the darker tattoo ink. If your skin has less melanin, then the laser can accurately focus on the darker pigment.
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Lasers work to remove tattoos by breaking up the larger ink particles into pieces small enough for white blood cells to absorb them. To break up an ink particle, you need to heat it to make it expand due to thermal expansion, but the zap has to be quick enough so that half of the particle remains cool. The opposing cool and hot forces then separate the ink particles into smaller pieces.
Once the lasers break the ink particles apart into small enough pieces, the white blood cells can absorb them for transportation to the liver and elimination.
What tattoos can be removed?
Modern tattoo removal lasers are effective at removing most tattoos, but not all tattoos can be removed completely. Factors such as color, location, the density of the ink, and age can impact the overall success of the tattoo removal process.
Older tattoos are typically the best candidates for removal, as the ink particles weaken over time and are easier to break down. Black ink is typically easiest to remove, as it absorbs light more than other colors.
Skin type is also a factor when performing laser tattoo removal. Since darker skin types have more melanin, certain colors of ink are not able to be targeted. Black ink is safe to treat on all skin types; however extra precaution should be taken with those with more pigment in their skin to avoid possible damage to the skin.
At The Art of Aesthetics, we consider all of these factors when developing your individual treatment plan. We have great success rates of complete removal on a variety of skin tones, ages, and tattoo locations. View our tattoo removal gallery to see the results other patients have experienced.
What to expect during your laser tattoo removal session.
Before your initial session, you’ll have a consultation to determine if your tattoo is a good candidate for removal we will discuss realistic expectations and possible results. The approximate treatment time, the spacing between sessions, post care of the treated area, and you will be given a text number for a rapid response for any questions or concerns throughout the process. This number can be used at night, weekends, or even holidays.
When you come in for your first session, often the same day as your initial consultation, we will once again quickly cover everything that was discussed in the consultation. Most treatments take only seconds. The treated area will have Aquaphor applied and covered with a bandage.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
Having a tattoo removed can be quite painful, often more so than getting a tattoo in the first place. The lasers heat the ink particles to thousands of degrees to break them down, but it happens so rapidly and in a concentrated area that the energy instead collapses into a shockwave.
This shockwave vibrates through the skin and causes the upper layer of skin to lift up and appear white, or to “frost.” Though temporarily painful, this effect usually lasts just a few seconds.
There are ways to manage the pain of laser tattoo removal. At The Art of Aesthetics, we do offer local anesthesia or topical numbing creams for $50 (It is to be applied for up to 2 hours.
As the tattoo site heals, you might experience some swelling, tenderness, and minor pain, similar to a sunburn. Proper laser tattoo removal aftercare can reduce discomfort. We recommend using ice packs or even spray numbing agent to help iwth any pain and discomfort.